One love, many escapes in ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’
Posted on January 18, 2009
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Make no mistake: “I Love You Phillip Morris” is no “Brokeback Mountain.”
Sure, both are high-profile films that tell the story of two men sincerely in love. “Brokeback Mountain” came from Oscar-winner Ang Lee, well known for his finely etched studies of repressed human beings. “I Love You Phillip Morris,” on the other hand, is the directorial debut of longtime writing partners Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, best known for the Billy Bob Thornton comedy “Bad Santa,” about a misanthropic, drunken department store St. Nick and his partner in crime, an utterly profane homicidal dwarf.
“Brokeback Mountain” is based on a poignant Annie Proulx short story. “I Love You Phillip Morris” happens to be based on fact, the true-life tale of a onetime married police officer turned gay Texan con man, Steven Russell, who had a penchant for breaking out of prison on Friday the 13th and a mad passion for a fellow inmate by the improbable true name Phillip Morris. The $14-million film stars Jim Carrey as Russell and Ewan McGregor as his younger lover Morris and premieres tonight at the Sundance Film Festival. See One love, many escapes in ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’
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